Notable and Quotable

Great quotes from great spiritual thinkers of yesterday and today.

Today’s quotes are on entertaining sin in our lives.

“Men do not differ much about what things they call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable.” — G. K. Chesterton

Whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes off the relish for spiritual things then it is sin for you, however innocent it may be in itself.” — Suzanna Wesley

“You are the way you are because that’s the way you want to be. If you really wanted to be any different, you would be in the process of changing right now.” — Fred Smith

“Some often repent, yet never reform; they resemble a man traveling in a dangerous path, who frequently starts and stops, but never turns back.” — Bonnell Thornton

““If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.”  – Jesus of Nazareth, to His disciples

More quotes on this topic in a future post.

8 thoughts on “Notable and Quotable

    1. Linda

      I don’t care for this quote. It makes it sound like love is a private gift – just for me – earned by good behavior. I think God loves me, not because I am good, but because He is good. I experience love as a free gift given to me for the sole purpose of passing it on to others. I don’t think Jesus came to form an exclusive “country club” for the elite, but to unite us all in brotherhood. Just sayin……

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      1. Sorry it offended you Linda. Was not intended to. The quote actually came from the church pulpit 2-3 Sunday’s ago from my Pastor.

        And it really (from my interpretation) has nothing to do with love as that was not the context it was spoken in. As for the “elite”, Jesus has one – an inner circle of three disciples (Peter, James & John). And remember in the Book of John, John (of all people) explicitly mentioned that he (John) was the “disciple that Jesus loved” – 4x in his own Gospel (John 19:42, 20:2, 21:7 & 21:20). It is never recorded that Jesus ever said that about any of the other 11.

        Which ties into the saying you reference – our spiritual growth is a measure of obedience – the more we are willing to give UP of ourselves, the more He is willing to pour INTO ourselves.

        Again, sorry it hit you the wrong way. Never intended to. Maybe because you misinterpreted the spirit of the quote. In any event, hope you forgive me.

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      2. Great words here Linda: ” I think God loves me, not because I am good, but because He is good.” And only by His goodness alive in us can we ever be good. Thanks for the comment!

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    2. I get the idea behind this quote, and it resonates. If we want to have what is offered but what most people turn down, we must not do as they do. We must do differently, in this case turn to our God in repentance so He can deal with our sin. Thanks to you for responding, Dave. Blessings!

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